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« on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 02:40 pm »

It may be racist, but I don't like the idea of Chinese on the moon and soon the Indians will be sending stuff to Mars



China's first lunar rover is expected to land on the moon on Saturday, less than two weeks after it blasted off from Earth, according to Chinese media reports.

 
The landing will make China one of only three nations -- after the United States and the former Soviet Union -- to "soft-land" on the moon's surface, and the first to do so in more than three decades.

Chang'e-3, the unmanned spacecraft carrying the rover, is due to touch down on a lava plain named Sinus Iridum, or Bay of Rainbows, shortly after 3 p.m. GMT (10 a.m. ET) on December 14, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.

On landing, Chang'e-3 will release Jade Rabbit (called Yutu in Chinese) -- a six-wheeled lunar rover equipped with at least four cameras and two mechanical legs that can dig up soil samples to a depth of 30 meters. The solar-powered rover will patrol the moon's surface, studying the structure of the lunar crust as well as soil and rocks, for at least three months.

The robot's name was decided by a public online poll and comes from a Chinese myth about the pet white rabbit of a goddess, Chang'e, who is said to live on the moon.



Then this.  Face Palm



At Hong Kong's Polytechnic University, Professor Yung Kai-leung, the associate head of the department of industrial and systems engineering, has designed high-precision space tools mimicking chopsticks and Chinese ceramic soup spoons.

With space programs and technology often shrouded in secrecy, it's not surprising that Professor Yung has had to find unique solutions to the technical problems of operating in an environment as hostile as the moon.

For the European Space Agency's Mars Express Mission he designed the Mars Rock Corer which drills the sample and then, by simply reversing the mechanism, picks up the core like a pair of chopsticks. His digger based on a Chinese soup spoon has the heat-resistant qualities of ceramics and the ability to operate in a deep hole in much the same way that a Chinese soup spoon operates better in a rice bowl than a flat metal Western spoon.
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« Reply #1 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 03:13 pm »

no 'may be' about it. It is racist.  Bah Humbug
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« Reply #2 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 04:09 pm »

It's 'spacism' 
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« Reply #3 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 06:03 pm »

If it's built like all the other chinese crap it'll break down long before it gets there.
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« Reply #4 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 06:21 pm »

S'posed to land tomorrow, conspiracy theorists are predicting the USA will shoot it with some special weapon that makes it look like a malfunction to protect the 'truth' coming out from the lunar landings being a hoax  Face Palm
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« Reply #5 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 07:16 pm »

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« Reply #6 on: Sat 14 December, 2013 - 07:20 pm »

The Chinese could pose for photos by the equipment the US left there and the hoax nutters will still think it was a hoax Face Palm
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« Reply #7 on: Tue 28 January, 2014 - 11:01 pm »

Sn****r sn****r <insert joke about Chinese quality here>


 "China's Jade Rabbit Moon rover is in trouble after experiencing a "mechanical control abnormality", state media report.

The Moon exploration vehicle ran into problems due to the moon's "complicated lunar surface environment", Xinhua news agency said, citing science officials.

The rover landed in December as part of China's Chang'e-3 mission - the first "soft" landing on the Moon since 1976.

It was expected to operate for around three months.

Earlier this month, the Beijing Aerospace Control Centre said that Jade Rabbit, also known as Yutu, had successfully explored the surface of the Moon with its mechanical arm.

Lunar night

The malfunction emerged before the rover entered its scheduled dormancy period on Saturday, Xinhua reported, citing the State Administration of Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND).

Scientists were organising repairs, the news agency added, without providing further details.

The rover was due to become dormant for 14 days during the lunar night, when there would be no sunlight to power the rover's solar panel, reports said.

The malfunctioning rover presents the first public mishap China's ambitious space programme has experienced in years, following several successful manned space flights, the BBC's Celia Hatton in Beijing reports.

Xinhua said the news of the rover's troubles had generated extensive discussion on Chinese social media."
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